Australian broadcaster’s SBS Dateline No Rules School minidoc is a quick primer on risky play. Swanson School in Auckland, New Zealand is a place that kids the world over would overwhelmingly vote ‘best school ever’ and ‘school I’d most like to attend’. When our three young ones saw it, they couldn’t believe their eyes. If transfers had been possible, they would have enrolled as quick as you can say tree climbing.
Click through on image to view on SBS Dateline site which also includes additional resources
I’ve watched this short item, 12 minutes running time, on four or five occasions since it was first broadcast in 2014. Each time I see something different about the kids as they freerange throughout the school grounds. Various forms of play are taking place in situations that are unthinkable in most school settings.
Reporter Dani Isdale is visibly struck by some of what she sees. The Dateline team put together an insightful report with a strong narrative.
“Kids seem too busy for technology.”
Dani Isdale – SBS Dateline
If you haven’t had a chance to see this piece yet and you’re curious about risky play, this is a great little case study. The striking story got quite a bit of play in the international media following its initial broadcast. Free play is still going strong at Swanson as posted on the school’s website.
No Rules School is also available to view on YouTube.
Is this a school environment you would support for your own kids? Watch the video and listen to principal Bruce McLachlan share his perspective on how this shift has transformed the playground.
Posted in Auckland, Bruce McLachlan, Dani Isdale, New Zealand, No Rules School, risk, risk resilience and the renaissance of play, risky play, SBS Dateline, Swanso Public School, Swanson Public School
My PlayGroundology alter ego is looking for your stories to share with attendees of Halifax’s 4th annual unconference – Emergent Learning. I have submitted a successful proposal to be an unpaid speaker at the event which is attended by educators, policy makers, parents, members of the medical community and others from across our part of the world here in Atlantic Canada who care about education.
Emergent Learning Unconference – Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 2015
I’ve entitled the presentation, Risk, Resilience and the Renaissance of Play. If you have an anecdote, a photo, an infographic or video footage that illustrates the subject matter I will be speaking to, I’d love to hear from you. I will credit everything I am able to use.
Presentation outline – Emergent Learning Unconference.
I’ve already had the opportunity to connect with some ‘play people’ in Australia, the UK, the USA and Canada and would be pleased to gather additional stories form these venues as well as other parts of the world.
Help PlayGroundology tell the story of Risk, Resilience and the Renaissance of Play. The final presentation will be available for sharing in November.
Thanks in advance to all those who are able to share stories. You can leave a comment here or write to playgroundology ‘at’ gmail.com.
Backyard fun – simple pleasures with a twist of risk